TDK Offers a Comprehensive Calculation Tool for Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

By Tiera Oliver

Assistant Editor

Embedded Computing Design

March 01, 2021

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TDK Offers a Comprehensive Calculation Tool for Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

The tool covers all new high-voltage capacitors (>150 V DC) with screw, snap-in and solder pin connections.

TDK Corporation presented the fully revised version 4.0 of the Online AlCap Useful Life Calculation Tool for EPCOS aluminum electrolytic capacitors. These DC link capacitors are suitable for new designs of converters for industrial applications, such as photovoltaics and wind power generation, as well as uninterruptible power supplies. 

The AlCap tool enables up to 15 load profiles to be simultaneously entered, calculated and, if so desired, stored for later use. This function allows applications to be developed both with single capacitors and capacitor banks. Furthermore, the tool can perform on a customer-specific basis calculation. This merely requires the CSC code specified in the respective data sheet to be entered. 

Once all relevant values have been entered, in addition to the useful life of the capacitors under defined load conditions, the user also obtains data regarding the hot-spot temperature, power dissipation and much more. Coupled with its useful lifecycle under defined load conditions, the AlCap tool provides industrial designers a solution that meets the needs of their demanding applications. 

For more information, visit: https://www.tdk-electronics.tdk.com/en

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Tiera Oliver, Assistant Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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